Five smartphones that will keep your personal data safe when travelling
If you’re using Wi-Fi hot-spots around the world, snoopers could get into your phone. Those dealing in corporate secrets and personal data can protect themselves with one of these security conscious smartphones
1 – iPhone X
From a security point of view, Apple’s new flagship device is all about Face ID, which scans the user’s face rather than asking for a pass-code. What’s more, it does it in-device, comparing what it sees through its camera to a selfie already stored on the iPhone X. So no web connection is necessary.
2 – GranitePhone
Using 4,096-bit encryption to protect data from snoopers is GranitePhone. No third party or government can intercept and decode messages because the encryption keys are stored locally on the device, rather than on a server. However, this Android device gives you no access whatsoever to apps from the Google Play Store.
3 – BlackBerry KEYone
For many BlackBerry fans, the KEYOne is all about the return to a QWERTY keyboard (albeit a souped, touch-sensitive version) amid a retro leather-clad design. However, also inside is the DTEK security app, which monitors the phone’s security status in real-time. It constantly presents a rating, allowing the user to control what data is shared, and what apps data is shared with. Is an app trying to access your contacts or location? DTEK will tell you.
4 – Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s flagship is all about KNOX, a defence-grade security app that is integrated into the hardware and the software. It encrypts any set of data and keeps it separate from the rest of the phone. KNOX can also be controlled from afar by IT staff, making is useful for fleet management.
5 – Silent Circle Blackphone 2
The proprietary GoSilent firewall is the hit feature on this, the first smartphone built to be private by design. An Android-based device using Silent Circle’s own Silent OS, a Security Center app allows the user to control all app permissions and what data is being shared. Another app, Spaces, puts a wall between work and personal apps and data. The end result is an many ‘virtual’ phones as you want.